After ten levels on intense short-handed poker, Event #26: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed has come to an end!
1,245 players began the day with some of the world's greatest short-handed players taking to the felt including reigning champion Brock Parker, Matt Hawrilenko, Andrew Lichtenberger, Bertrand Grospellier and a wealth of notables such as Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth, JC Tran and many more.
Unfortunately none of these mentioned players would manage to bag and tag their chips as unofficially 156 players survived the day.
Will Haydor is the man everyone is chasing after amassing a 180,400-strong chip lead with Erik Cajelais (163,000), Richard Robinson (152,100) and Al Barbieri (133,000) snapping at his heels.
Andrew Robl (119,400), David Benefield (99,200), Sorel Mizzi (63,900) and Eddy Sabat (50,500) are just a few of the notables still in the field, while the ladies are well represented with Maria Mayrinck (77,200) leading them head-strong into day two along with Annette Obrestad (59,000), Christina Lindley (23,300) and Leo Margets (22,200).
Throw into the mix Jeff Shulman, Jerry Yang, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson and Amnon Filippi and it is still anyone's tournament with the $630,031 first prize, coveted gold bracelet and title of Champion well and truly still up for grabs!
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Three players saw a flop on Table 3 including Daniel Negreanu and Taylor Caby.
Caby led out for 4,800 and Negreanu moved all in. Caby and the other player folded, but Negreanu wanted to rabbit the turn and river.
"I'm going to hit this one!" he exclaimed. "I'm going to hit this one!"
He tabled and the dealer quickly dealt the turn () and river () and indeed he got there.
It's a shame Negreanu wasn't paid, but he'll still ended the night strong, battling back up to 52,900 chips.
Faraz "The-Toilet" Jaka was once the chip leader of Event #26 with 150,000 chips. But after a few tough hands he is now eliminated.
According to his Twitter, Jaka got his last few chips in against Taylor Caby and was behind holding against Caby's .
The queens held and Jaka hit the rail.
When we reached his table, David Williams was heads up with an opponent named Martins Adeniya. The board read .
Williams led out for 10,000 and Adeniya moved all in for 41,000.
Williams went deep into the tank, riffling chips with one hand while spinning the wheels in his head. He was receiving a massage and asked the masseuse to stop for a moment. Williams paid her and then sat back down to think it out some more.
Finally he made a crying call and Adeniya turned over . Williams mucked, falling to just 1,300 and was eliminated a few hands later by Adeniya himself.
Adeniya is now up over 80,000 chips, and in good shape for tomorrow's restart.
The Tournament Director has just announced that there will be just three more hands of play for the night.
Facing a raise to 2,500, Berry Johnston moved all in for his last 16,500 only to have Darryll Fish move all in from the small blind.
The original raiser folded as we were off to a showdown.
The board ran out to see Johnston hit the rail as Fish climbs to 75,000 in chips.
There was 7,000 in the middle after a series of preflop raises when Chris Moorman and Allan Sass took a flop of .
Sass led for 4,200 and Moorman called.
Both players checked the on the turn and the on the river.
Moorman opened for wired queens and Sass folded. With the win Moorman is up to 60,000 chips and Sass is down to 45,000 chips.
With the board reading and about 20,000 in the middle, Darryll "DFish" Fish led for 7,200. His opponent called but mucked when Fish showed for a pair of queens.
Fish has dropped a bit the past few levels, but is still strong with 45,000 chips.
"I feel like I'm still supposed to be in this tournament!" stated Phil Hellmuth as he stood alongside Daniel Negreanu.
"I feel like I'm going to get it in this hour!" added Negreanu.
"I'll bet a lot of money you do . . . oh wait . . . only 50 minutes left . . . actually not" continued Hellmuth.
"Just ship it! Any flush draw, any pair . . . even a pair of threes is enough!" stated Negreanu.
Negreanu does however have over fifty big blinds as he sits with 51,000 in chips.